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Another factor to consider?

Probably the biggest sporting shock over the weekend was the late withdrawal of tennis legend Roger Federer, allegedly due to injury, from his final against Novak Djokovic in the ATP World Tour final at the 02 Arena. There are several issues arising. Firstly, Federer may well be genuinely [...]

November 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Missing the point

Over the weekend we had a visit from my brother’s family. Upon their arrival drinks were served and we sat out on the terrace in the surprisingly warmish November sunshine to catch up with each other’s news. After the more voluble had given us their potted summaries, I turned to my younger [...]

November 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Time for some hard thinking

  Perhaps inevitably at this time of year, I spent the bulk of yesterday afternoon watching England v South Africa at Twickenham on BT Sports and then Scotland v New Zealand on the BBC with a sizeable family grouping, having been detailed – as the resident female cook – the prior task of [...]

November 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Against the odds

Last night, not least seeking refuge from BBC1’s annual fundraising orgy Children In Need, I tuned in to watch Harlequins play away in the Premiership against Gloucester on BT Sport. Gloucester is one of the great English rugby institutions. There’s no football to speak of in the vicinity and [...]

November 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

The withdrawal method

When it comes to sport, the dealings of FIFA and IOC over the past twenty five years leave them both vulnerable to accusations of corruption. I would not be the first to suggest this as a strategy, but it does seem to me that the best way forward for the UK sporting authorities concerned would now [...]

November 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Life’s too short

Spotted on the website of The Guardian today, a main course-sized plate of common sense from columnist Suzanne Moore. I could not have put it better myself and am happy to admit it – see here – MODERN [...]

November 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

A player and man to admire

Yesterday I travelled to Brighton to attend an evening meeting of the Sussex Cricket Society as the guest of a pal of mine who had recently joined it. The guest of honour and main speaker was Alastair Hignell, the former England rugby international and Gloucestershire cricketer. Aged 59, he had [...]

November 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Well fancy that!

At the end of a fairly hectic weekend, yesterday for want of anything better to do I prepared a light supper and settled down to watch BBC1’s Countryfile programme which was being transmitted at 6.30pm after the early evening news. It turned out to be a World War One special, with three of the [...]

November 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Some things never change

The England rugby team flattered to deceive yesterday in losing 21-24 to New Zealand, a game I watched on television. It wasn’t a great match by any stretch of the imagination but it demonstrated the essential strengths that allow the All Blacks to dominate world rugby. Don’t get me wrong, they [...]

November 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

and I missed Have I Got News For You for this …

The LV= Cup is an Anglo-Welsh competition which, like the Premiership ‘A’ League, gives non-first team starters, academy players and those coming back from injury the opportunity for some game time. Last Sunday Quins lost to their London nemesis Saracens in the Cup, narrowly enough to dispel [...]

November 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

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